by James Lewis Jr.
The Chrysler 200C underwent a full redesign last year and it proved to be the brand’s best (as of yet) midsize sedan. It has an elegant look that allows it to stand out without going overboard when competing with other midsize sedans. The 2016 Chrysler 200C that I had the pleasure of driving this week was in the Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat paint on the exterior of the vehicle and a Black/Deep Mocha Premium Leather-Trimmed Vented Seats on the Interior throughout the car along with Vented Seats on the both the driver and passenger seats. The Engine is a 2.4-Liter 14 MultiAir 4-Cylinder with a 9- Speed 948TE Automatic Transmission (my personal preference is the 3.6Liter V6 Engine); which translates into a 4-cylinder base and the performance when compared to others within its class is… well…decent, while that maybe it’s only shortcomings it has a lot of other features to make up for what it lacks in that department. The Base Price of the 2016 Chrysler 200C was roughly $28,000. But the one I was driving came with the Optional Equipment on it such as: the Customer Perferred Package 28N SafetyTec which consisted of Advanced Brake Assist, Rain Sensitive Windshield Wipers, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Automatic High Beam Control, Full Speed FWD Collision Warning Plus Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection (Parallel and Perpendicular), Park Assist with Stop; to name a few. The Interior of the car was very elegant with design features such as a Luxury Door Trim Panel (the interior accents on the inside of the car was Real Wood/Bronze Chrome hue which really complimented the Black and Deep Mocha color scheme). An Auxiliary Power Outlet, Exterior Mirrors with Memory, Radio Presets/Exterior Mirrors and Driver’s Seat Memory with get this a heated 2-Tone Leather Steering Wheel that I thoroughly enjoyed given our sudden temperature drop last week! The GPS Navigation consisted of Uconnect 8.4 Inch Touch Screen Display and Sound Group consisted of the Sirius XM Travel Link with 9 Alpine Speakers with Subwoofer HD Radio Alpine 506-Watt Amplifier along with Sirius XM Traffic. The Premium Lighting Group consisted of HID Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Headlamps, LED Fog Lamps with 19”x 8” Polished Face/with Painted Pockets Aluminum Wheels with a Heavy Duty Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes. The Safety Features on the 2016 Chrysler 200C consisted of an Advanced Multistage Front Airbags Supplemental Front Seat Mounted Side Airbags along with a Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags, both the Driver’s and Passenger side had an inflatable Knee-Bolster Airbag and it also had the LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System. It also had the Parkview Rear Back-Up System, Remote Start System, an Assist Electric Park Brake and Electric Power Steering System along with a Keyless Enter’ n Go Security Alarm System. The interior of the car consisted of Air Conditioned Automatic Dual Zone Temperature Control.
The EPA’s Fuel Economy places the 2016 Chrysler 200C within the perimeters of 28mpg combined (based upon 23city/36highway) on the 2.4-Liter 14 MultiAir 4-Cylinder Engine. Bottom line folks, the was amongst the quietest and smoothest engines in this class that I have driven so far and it is great when merging and passing others during highway maneuvering and back road driving but truthfully when it comes to “Back Road Driving” you may ultimately prefer the 200S model. But hey, what do I know about your preferences?!
If you’re seeking a great midsize vehicle with great fuel economy and a stylish flair like no other; check out the 2016 Chrysler 200C, you will not be disappointed.
As always drive smart and safe!